So, I honestly don’t bake that much. Most of the year, I try to limit my sugar intake. My time spent in the kitchen is usually more focused on meal prepping, snacking, or making my daily smoothies.
I’ll admit it, I do eat ice cream year round – it’s my ultimate guilty pleasure – and that’s just something I’ve accepted… everyone has to have a vice, amiright?
That said, when it comes to winter to and the holiday season… COOKIES. RULE. EVERYTHING.
Since I can remember, it’s been tradition in my family to bake cookies during the days leading up to Christmas. And, for at least 12 years now, we’ve hosted a “Cookie Party” around this time of year for family and friends.
It’s always a great time. There’s a solid crew of moms and daughters that have been partaking in this tradition for years.
And we’re serious about it, too. Picture this: 6 or more women, two ovens, dozens of recipes being tackled at once, and steadily flowing wine. It’s absolutely amazing.
This year we had to take a hiatus, but my family and I still churned out half a dozen types of cookies on our own!
Anyway, my absolute favorite holiday cookie recipe is: Martha Stewart’s Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies.
My family’s neighbor baked these cookies a few years a go, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It trumped every other gingerbread cookie I’ve ever had.
I soon discovered there are two secrets:
- REAL ginger
- GOOD quality chocolate
However, I realized this year that these cookies could be easily modified to be just a bit healthier. I’m not as all attempting to qualify these cookies as “healthy,” just saying – if you’re going to make them anyway (as I was), here are a few ways they can be adjusted to be a bit better for you.
- Dark chocolate (instead of semi-sweet)
- Cacao powder (instead of Dutch-process cocoa powder)
- Coconut or vegetable oil (instead of unsalted butter)
- Coconut sugar (instead of granulated sugar and brown sugar)
- Extra freshly grated ginger (if you love the taste of ginger and it’s benefits as much as I do, you can’t go wrong doubling the amount of ginger).